Indian community sends aid to Russian army in Kursk

FILE: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (left) and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Moscow, Russia – The Russian-Indian Disha Friendship Society sent about three tons of humanitarian aid, including pharmaceuticals, to the Russian Armed Forces medical post in Kursk, sources said.

This is the second consignment of medicine initiated by Disha: Russian-Indian Friendship Society, which members of the Indian community in Russia have mobilized to support Russian soldiers fighting in Ukraine.

Earlier this month, Abhay Singh, an Indian-born member of the Kursk City Assembly, handed over the first batch of medicine to the local commander of Russian forces in Kursk, near the Ukraine border. and Russia.

“The Russian-Indian Friendship Society Disha organized the next batch of humanitarian aid, which included pharmaceuticals produced by Indian pharmaceutical company Panbio Pharm,” the diplomatic mission said, according to TASS. “The aid was transferred to one of the Russian Armed Forces medical posts in Kursk.”

Founded by Rameshwar Singh, a prominent Indian-born journalist and businessman in Moscow, the company sourced the drugs from Panbio Pharma in Moscow.

“This is just the beginning. We will be sending many more shipments of medicine and other essentials to Russian soldiers and their families as they continue to fight in Ukraine,” Singh said, speaking via telephone from Moscow, as quoted by The Hindu online news.

In the coming weeks, Disha’s team plans to undertake trips to Donetsk and Luhansk as the Russian military is expected to allow supplies to be sent to the local population living in the middle of the war zone.

Disha, launched in 2010, is supported by Indian citizens, business people and students, and draws on Singh’s vast network of connections.

Singh studied at the Center for Russian Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University in 1980 and left for Moscow in 1982. He then remained in Russia, working as a journalist and business consultant.

India-Russia relationship

Indo-Russian relations benefit from increased levels of cooperation in almost all areas of bilateral relations, including politics, security, defence, trade and economy, science and technology, and culture.

India and Russia share common values ​​that unite the people of the two countries, especially members of their permanent bureaucracies, in a way that outside observers rarely realise, according to the ANI report.

In the context of the ongoing Russian-Ukrainian conflict, while the West has criticized India’s balanced position in accordance with its policy of multilateralism, Russia has shown understanding of the position of the India on the ongoing crisis.

Russian Ambassador to India Denis Alipov recently said that India takes a “fairly balanced position” regarding the Russian-Ukrainian conflict.

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